Deck the laneways – your indie Christmas gift guide
If the thought of battling crowds, prams and trolleys while attempting your Christmas shopping has you feeling less than inspired, we have an alternative prospect that might tickle your fancy. Fortitude Valley’s Winn Lane and Bakery Lane are both teeming with awesome gifts for everyone on your list – from pimped-out pampering to rad new threads, A Very Laneway Christmas will provide a gift shopping experience that’s less drama and more good times. We’ve composed a little gift guide to assist with your laneway wandering – time to tick some names off!
For the fashion fiend
If you’re buying a gift for someone who’s more sartorially inclined, Bakery and Winn Lane have got stores that stand out from the crowd. Phoebe Paradise is a homegrown label and boasts a store packed with bright and bold designs – it’s hard to go past the very tongue-in-cheek Mangrove tee with an all-over print. For the party girls, Principessa is the place to shop. You will find racks upon racks of frocks from Australian designer labels like Elliatt, Pink Stitch and Bariano just to name a few – perfect for those who love the nightlife. Sunday Social is the go-to for all things flowing, natural and retro – these two-toned knitted bodysuits are one of our top picks for a killer 70s throwback look. You can also find some real knockout pieces at Akira – the forward-thinking Japanese brand has just dropped its 2018 Resort collection and the results are pretty darn head-turning.
For the person who has everything
We’ve all got one of those tricky buggers on our Christmas list that is notoriously hard to buy for, but these stores have just the thing! Giving the gift of art is a sure bet – it’s thoughtful, cool and something the recipient can keep forever. Micro-gallery The Culprit Club is having a huge sale on prints from its 2016 and 2017 solo and group shows, or you could even pick up a zine for something different. Got a musician on your list? Tym Guitars will sort you out with its huge range of gear – think pedals and strings or even amps and guitars if the person you’re buying for has been really nice. More tune-based gifts can be found at Phase 4 Records & Cassettes, where the collection of vintage vinyl and offbeat merch is bound to please even the pickiest of fans. For someone a little outdoorsy, The Outpost delivers with its cutting-edge (heh) range of French Opinel knives, as well as its sweet selection of Topo travel accessories.
For the fresh look
One of the best gifts you can give someone is a makeover, and what better place to source the experts in hair and beauty than Brisbane’s coolest laneways? Fresh cuts, flawless fades and crisp tracks are the name of the game at Babylon Falls Barber – the crew here always delivers. For a summer shake-up, Hair of Eden is the place to head – you’ll find stylists trained to create the best blondes and balayage in the biz. For those who have always wanted to try a crazy colour (mermaid style), Fabrik Hair will make the dream a reality with its range of highly specialist colouring services. If you’ve got someone on your list that’s lamented their lack of long, flowing locks, book them in at Kiki Hair Extensions so they can fulfil their Disney princess fantasy. Beauty fanatics will be spoilt for choice at Hearts & Heroes Style Boutique – this is your one-stop shop for cosmetics and accessories from the likes of Glindawand, Harlotte, PONi and more.
For the finishing touch
Accessories are always a great gifting option because you can go for something super-personal or a little broader depending on whom you’re buying for. For something worldly and earthy, head to Flock Home and scope the selection of homewares, trinkets and bags – this handmade beaded bolt clutch is a total winner. The jewels on offer at Babushka Ballerina are a total dream, with items like this Samantha Wills neck collar or these Sofia Roe studs making a fancy statement. Fine jewellers 3rd Lady stock a stunning range crystals and gems that are sure to please – this opal ring is like a little slice of heaven!